The appeal tells the story of Billy from Malawi. A near-fatal car crash left Billy paralysed. With the right wheelchair and training from Motivation, he got his life back. Now, he’s putting the wheels in motion for others by working as a ‘peer trainer’, giving other disabled people the skills and confidence they need to live independent lives.
Michael Palin said: “In my travels I’ve been to many countries where people with a physical disability are side-lined and ignored; very often seen as cursed and beyond hope. It’s heart-breaking to see a human being discarded like this, just left in a corner of a room without being able to offer any contribution.
“Motivation is working hard to change this. They don’t just give people the right wheelchairs, they provide training and support to the people who need it most. It’s this personal touch that makes Motivation one of the most humanising, and one of the most inspired, charities I know.
“And I am very proud to support them. Everything you do to help Motivation means that somebody, somewhere, gets their life back.”
The Radio 4 Appeal launches Motivation’s latest ‘Wheels in Motion’ campaign, which aims to transform the lives of over 100,000 disabled people by 2017 and also coincides with #GivingTuesday next week.
Watch Billy’s film on Motivation’s website, and find out how you can help: www.motivation.org.uk/wheels_in_motion
*Appeal repeated on BBC Radio 4 at 21.26pm on Sunday 30th November and again at 15.27pm on Thursday 4th December
Registered charity Motivation UK is the leading provider of quality products, training and support for wheelchair users in low-income countries. Working with local, national and international partners, Motivation has have been transforming the lives of people with mobility disabilities around the world for over 23 years. Find out more at http://www.motivation.org.uk/